The Raleigh Professional was the top of the line among Raleigh's production bikes. It was in many ways a tribute to the Italian designs of the era, with its elegantly simple lugwork and Cinelli-style sloping fork crown. The Raleigh Professional was one of the first bikes to come with Campagnolo brakes, and was also one of the first to feature a 6 speed freewheel.
Nice informative piece. I was a bicycle mechanic as my first job at a Raleigh dealer in and built a few Mark V bikes out of the box. The earlier Mark IV versions I worked on always seemed a bit more "racy" but I couldn't afford either- so I managed to buy a 78 Super Course wth my "disount" from the owner of the shop.
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As a disclaimer, one must confess that most of the information you are about to read has come courtesy of the late, great Sheldon Brown. This week we have a wonderful Raleigh International for you to ogle at. The International was Second in Raleigh's line up, sitting just below the Raleigh Professional as a more comfortable all-round alternative.
Other Vintage BikesVintage Bikes. I once owned a Raleigh Professional and a Schwinn Paramount at the same time. Yes, I was living the American dream, of having two of the most prestigious vintage bikes that were sold in America in my garage.
We added new bar tape, a new Brooks saddle, and rebuilt the wheelset with Mavic Open Pro rims. Charlie also spent quite of bit of his own time scrubbing and polishing, to an incredible effect. This bike is a pretty amazing piece of craftsmanship. The frame is made with Reynolds butted tubing with Campagnolo dropouts.
Using Raleigh as their brand name, it is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world. After being acquired by Frank Bowden in Decemberit became The Raleigh Cycle Company, which was registered as a limited liability company in January Byit was the largest bicycle manufacturing company in the world.